17 October 2014:
Every year, the FSFE is organising the "Document Freedom Day", a global campaign to highlight the importance of Open Standards for our freedom of communication, interoperability and indepedence from vendor lock-in. For this campaign, FSFE's Berlin office is looking for an Intern PR / Campaigning in full time from January 1st until March 31st.
17 October 2014:
FSFE and Italian consumer association ADUC, along with Italian group ILS, are asking regulators to take concrete steps to protect Italians from being forced to pay for software they do not want or need. Italy’s High Court ruled in September that computer vendors must reimburse customers for the price of unwanted non-free software that comes pre-installed on PCs and laptops. Today, FSFE, ADUC and ILS have sent a letter to the Italian competition authorities, calling on them to ensure that vendors will comply with the High Court’s decision, and respect the rights of their customers.
16 October 2014:
On Tuesday, Munich's first mayor finally reacted to an inquiry by the Green Party (in German) related to rumours regarding a possible switch back to a Windows-based desktop environment. The answer to the inquiry shows that there is no factual basis for the claims made by first mayor and second mayor. An evaluation of the IT infrastructure and -processes is underway. FSFE calls on the city council to include vendor independence as well as interoperability as factors in the investigation, since they were central reasons for Munich to switch to Free Software in the first place.
12 September 2014:
Italy's High Court has struck a blow to the
practice of forcing non-free software on buyers of PCs and
laptops. According to La Repubblica, the court ruled on Thursday that a laptop buyer was entitled to receive a refund for the price of the Microsoft Windows license on his computer.
11 July 2014:
From 13 – 15 June 2014 FSFE had its German speaking team meeting in the
Linuxhotel in Essen. The participants had some problems to travel there
because of the chaos resulting from a heavy thunderstorm in the region. A
lot of train lines where not functional, and the situation on the streets
was also chaotic. But just because no ICE trains stop in Essen does not
mean we will not continue our work for Free Software. In the end we were
able to bring all volunteers to the Linuxhotel to plan further activities
and discuss current issues.